Home is where the heart is . Home may be a challenging place at the moment. The same walls, faces, the quarrels ? Wherever I lay may hat that’s my home. Home is more than familiar faces and routines . Home is where I rest , where I am restored, where I am safe . Home is where I’m secure, known ,loved. Home is where I am nourished . Jesus of Nazareth assures his disciples that there are many dwelling places in his Father’s House. To see Jesus is to See God. Dwelling with God is a key theme of the Gospel of John. To dwell with God, to make our home in the divine heart , to stay doing the work of God is dwelling with the Father. We trust in Gods promise that there are many rooms –mansions, dwellings , the Greek text can also be translated as stopping spaces in Our Father’s Home. When the English singer Charlie Landsborough ,became a Catholic he said, I believe completely. I can’t imagine my life without my faith. But it took me a long time to get there.. there are many stages on the journey home… many stopping places before we arrive .
On Friday May 8th VE day We commemorated the end of World War II 75 years ago in Europe . Millions of civilians died. Many combatants didn’t come home. Europe is covered with monuments to the fallen. Each of them was someone’s child, parent ,sibling, spouse or sweet heart . They helped defeat the evil Nazi ideology that de- humanised and tried to eradicate the Jewish people , Gypsies, those living with disability and so many more. It was a Godless ideology that forced its victims into servitude and fear .
VE day is not remembered by all in the same way . After the end of hostilities Europe was divided into two spheres of influence . East and West. In the East another ideology, atheistic communism was given a free hand . From 1946 for decades many nations were subjugated . Famine, torture and the denial of religious freedom were all used as weapons against the peoples of Eastern Europe . The scars of that period still fester today.
My God grant us all the grace to see each other as a sister or brother, a human being created in the image and likeness of God . Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks was asked where was God? why was God silent when all this happen? He answered God was in the extermination camps, in the suffering. God was in the commandments thou shalt not murder ,thou shalt not bear false witness.. God wasn’t silent. We were.
The believer is called to do the same works as Christ. Can you see those who are doing the works of God breaking the silence?
and building a common home together.
Thursday 14th of May is a Day of prayer, fasting and works of charity: see the news section for further details.